Carew's Survey of Cornwall; To Which Are Added, Notes Illustrative of Its History and Antiquities

Carew's Survey of Cornwall; To Which Are Added, Notes Illustrative of Its History and Antiquities

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1811 edition. Excerpt: ...than intrudeth thereto by anticipation. Pastimes to delight the mind, the Cornishmen have guary miracles, and three men's songs: and for exercise of the body, hunting, hawking, shooting, wrestling, hurling, and such other games. -ciery Mi" The-guary miracle, in English, a miracle-play, is a kind of interlude, compiled in Cornish out of some scripture history, with that grossness, which accompanied the Romans ' vetus comedia.' For representing it, they raise an earthen amphitheatre in some open field, having the diameter of his inclosed plain some forty or fifty foot. The country people flock from all sides, many miles off, to hear and see it; for they have therein devils and devices to delight as well the eye as the ear: the players con not their parts without book, but are prompted by one called the ordinary, who followeth at their back with the book in his hand, and telleth them softly what they must pronounce aloud. Which manner once gave occasion to a pleasant conceited gentleman of practising a merry prank; for he undertaking (perhaps of set purpose) an actor's room, was accordingly lessoned (before-hand) by the ordinary, that he must say after him. His turn came: quoth the ordinary, ' Go forth, man, and shew thyself/ The gentleman steps out upon the stage, and like a bad clerk in scripture matters, cleaving more to the letter than the sense, pronounced those words aloud. 'Oh (says the fellow softly in his ear) you mar all the play.' And with this his passion, the actor makes the audience in like sort acquainted. Hereon the prompter falls to flat railing and cursing in the bitterest terms he could devise; which the gentleman with a set gesture and countenanc still soberly related, until the ordinary, driven at last into mad rage, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236511379
  • 9781236511379